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Defence Sector ICT Conclave inaugurated

Indian-made telecom equipment is now exported to nearly 70 countries, said Madhu Arora, Member-Technology, Digital Communications Commission, Department of Telecom.

India’s exports have surged by a staggering 35% and India is competing on equal terms in quality with the best manufacturers in the world. In the domestic market, India has installed 4,42,000 5G base stations, and nearly 80% of the equipment used in the 5G rollout in India was manufactured indigenously, she added.

“We are open to technology tie-ups to foster self-reliance in technology development. The potential of Indian telecom products to transform the defence sector of any country is immense. By harnessing cost-effectiveness, our trusted telecom products and expertise, resilient communication infrastructure can be built that empowers defence forces to safeguard national interests more effectively,” said Arora.

In his address, Jaideep Mazumdar, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India, said that no nation can afford to lag in the use of ICT. Increasingly, ICT plays a critical role in national defence. From facilitating real-time coordination to enabling advanced data analysis and decision-making, ICT forms the backbone of defence operations in the 21st century. India’s vibrant ICT sector, characterized by innovation and ingenuity, is future-ready. India possesses significant capabilities in satellite technologies that are today an essential element in defence capabilities, the convergence of ICT with emerging technologies that is artificial intelligence and unmanned systems holds immense promise for transforming defence operations. He further mentioned that the telecom sector, which has expertise in network infrastructure, connectivity solutions, and communication technologies, is uniquely positioned to address the complex challenges faced by defence establishments.

N G Subramaniam, Chairman, TEPC in his address, said, “India has built huge capabilities in the area of information and cyber security. Our cyber security experts work tirelessly round the clock to fortify our defence networks, shield them from cyber-attacks and safeguard sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.”

Ambassadors, Defence Attachés, and Head of Commerce wings from more than 12 CIS & ASEAN countries participated in the event.

Arun Gupta, DG, TEPC, presented the Vote of Thanks.

CT Bureau

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